On Tuesday night, the New York Knicks will square off against the Miami Heat in a battle between the two top teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Heat are looking to dominate and clinch the best record in the entire league while the Knicks are trying to win their ninth consecutive game and keep things rolling as the postseason gets nearer.
Though the Knicks scored a couple of victories over the Heat earlier in this season, it’s relatively clear that the Heat are the better team in this game. They are unquestionably the best team in the East and are arguably the best team in the entire league. The Knicks, on the other hand, have been inconsistent this year, but are an above-average team.
The Heat can keep up with Knicks in terms of scoring, though they get their points in different ways. The Knicks shoot and hit a ton of threes while the Heat like to cause turnovers, get fast-breaks and attack the rim. Both teams execute their different styles very well.
However, the Heat are a sub-par rebounding team, ranking last in the NBA in rebounds per game. This is largely due to the fact that they play small-ball most of the time. Contrarily, the Knicks have one of the most dominant rebounders in the league, Tyson Chandler, on their team. For the year, Chandler averages an impressive 11 rebounds per game and has an elite rebound percentage of 19.3 percent. Against Miami’s small-ball lineup, he can have a field day.
The bad news for the Knicks is that Chandler is questionable as of right now for Tuesday’s night game. Chandler has missed New York’s last 10 games with a neck injury. He did work out on Monday, but his status for the game in the Heat is still up in the air. Obviously if he doesn’t suit-up, that advantage will be lost for the Knicks. If he does end up playing though, the Heat are going to have a difficult time containing him on the boards.